Red Sox' David Price tops players for Monday, Sept. 12; Cubs' Hendricks tops NL players

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Red Sox pitcher David Price is Monday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Price struck out nine over eight innings, allowing two runs, two hits and no walks, in the 12-2 win over the Orioles.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2016 season as of Sept. 12:  


Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 23.7
2 Fernandez, Jose 3147 pi sp fla nl 20.4
3 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 20.2
4 Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 20.0
5 Lester, Jon 2173 pi sp chi nl 18.1
6 Hamels, Cole 2135 pi sp tex al 16.8
7 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 15.1
8 Cueto, Johnny 2400 pi sp sf nl 14.4
9 Hill, Rich 2215 pi sp lad nl 14.4
10 Tanaka, Masahiro 3305 pi sp nyy al 14.1
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Price earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Game, giving him 12.4 for the season. He ranks 20th among all players and sixth among American League pitchers.

Price also now has 106.2 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 59th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his points Monday, he passes five players on the “all-time” list—Carlos Beltran of the Rangers (104.9), Dodgers pitcher Scott Kazmir (105.1), Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner (105.7), Aramis Ramirez (105.8) and Frank Thomas (106.2). He now trails 58th-ranked player Lance Berkman (108.1).

National League Player of the Day—Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks allowed one hit and one run over eight innings, striking out seven and walking two, in the 4-1 win over the Cardinals.

Hendricks earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 13.4 for the season, most among the 15 who earned Player of the Game honors Monday. Hendricks ranks 15th among all players and 11th among NL pitchers.

National League Batter of the Day—Yasmany Tomas of the Diamondbacks hit a grand slam and doubled, going 4-for-5, scoring three times and driving in five runs, in the 12-9 win over the Rockies.

American League Batter of the Day—Avisail Garcia of the White Sox homered and went 4-for-5, scoring three times and driving in one run, in the 11-4 win over the Indians.

Notable—Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson now has 12.1 Box-Toppers points on the season after earning Player of the Game honors Monday.

Hellickson (6.1IP 3H R 3BB 6K in the 6-2 win over the Pirates) now ranks 23rd among all players and 13th among NL pitchers.

Also notable—Blue Jays pitcher Francisco Liriano now has 102.2 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Monday.

Liriano (6.1IP 3H 2R BB 6K ND in the 3-2 win over the Rays) now ranks 67th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He passes two players on the “all-time” list—Tim Wakefield (101.4) and Ken Griffey Jr. (102.2) and now trails 66th-ranked player Miguel Tejada (102.3). Liriano has 7.0 Box-Toppers points on the season, 30th among AL pitchers.

Debut—Two players made their Box-Toppers debut Monday, the first time in their careers they earned Player of the Game honors:

  • Reds pitcher Keyvius Sampson (4.2IP 4H 0R 2BB 7K ND in the 3-0 win over the Brewers) made his Major League debut July 30, 2015, and was playing in his 29th career game. He is the 3,737th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
  • Mariners pitcher Ariel Miranda (6IP 3H 0R BB 3K W in the 8-1 win over the Angels) made his Major League debut July 3 and was playing in his ninth career game. He is the 3,738th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—Price earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Hendricks earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Tomas and Garcia each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Monday’s other Players of the Game (listed in the chart below) earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point.

About Box-Toppers—Box-Toppers tracks who most helps their team win the most games. Using standard box score statistics, Box-Toppers uses a simple formula to determine a Player of the Game for each Major League Baseball game played. That player is the person who contributed most to his team’s win. In regular season games, players earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being named Player of the Game and can earn bonus points for being Player of the Day or top player or batter in their league for the day.

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Top player from each game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score

9/12 Score Game Player of Game AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 11.0 BOS 12, BAL 2 David Price (W,16-8) - - - - 8.0 2 2 2 0 9
NL 10.0 CHC 4, STL 1 Kyle Hendricks (W,15-7) - - - - 8.0 1 1 1 2 7
BAT 7.0 ARI 12, COL 9 Yasmany Tomas, RF 5 3 4 5 - - - - - -
7.0 OAK 16, KC 3 Daniel Coulombe (W,3-1) - - - - 2.0 0 0 0 0 5
6.1 `DET 4, MIN 2 Daniel Norris - - - - 6.1 5 2 2 2 11
5.2 `CIN 3, MIL 0 Keyvius Sampson - - - - 4.2 4 0 0 2 7
5.1 PHI 6, PIT 2 Jeremy Hellickson (W,11-9) - - - - 6.1 3 1 0 3 6
5.0 SEA 8, LAA 1 Ariel Miranda (W,4-1) - - - - 6.0 3 0 0 1 3
4.1 `TOR 3, TB 2 Francisco Liriano - - - - 6.1 3 2 2 1 6
4.0 ATL 12, MIA 7 Nick Markakis, RF 3 3 2 2 - - - - - -
BAT 3.0 CHW 11, CLE 4 Avisail Garcia, RF 5 3 4 1 - - - - - -
3.0 TEX 4, HOU 3 (12) Rougned Odor, 2B 4 1 3 3 - - - - - -
3.0 SD 4, SF 0 Paul Clemens (W,3-5) - - - - 5.0 3 0 0 1 2
1.0 WSH 8, NYM 1 Anthony Rendon, 3B 4 1 1 3 - - - - - -
1.0 LAD 8, NYY 2 Howie Kendrick, 1B 3 1 2 1 - - - - - -
`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.

Box-Toppers point totals of the day’s top players

Here are Box-Toppers point totals of each of the Players of the Game. Players are ranked by their Box-Toppers point total for the current season (16). Also shown are each players’ Box-Toppers point total for this season and last (15-16), the period 2011-2016 (11-16) and each players’ career point total. Also shown is how their 2016 Box-Toppers point total compares with their 2015 total (+/-).  

Player of Game Pos Team 16 15-16 11-16 Career +/-
Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp chi nl 13.4 23.1 28.1 28.1 3.7
Price, David 2593 pi sp bos al 12.4 33.5 89.5 106.2 -8.7
Hellickson, Jeremy 2778 pi sp phi nl 12.1 17.1 40.8 43.8 7.1
Tomas, Yasmany 3489 rf lf ari nl 7.7 11.2 11.2 11.2 4.2
Liriano, Francisco 2104 pi sp tor al 7.0 21.9 62.4 102.2 -7.9
Odor, Rougned 3336 2b tex al 6.5 9.5 11.0 11.0 3.5
Rendon, Anthony 3258 3b dc nl 5.5 6.5 12.0 12.0 4.5
Markakis, Nick 2116 rf atl nl 5.0 9.5 20.5 47.1 0.5
Kendrick, Howie 2191 2b lf 1b lad nl 4.0 8.0 20.0 34.0 0.0
Garcia, Avisail 3256 dh rf chi al 2.5 5.5 11.0 11.0 -0.5
Coulombe, Daniel 3720 pi mr oak al 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
Norris, Daniel 3548 pi sp det al 1.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 -3.0
Clemens, Paul 3185 pi sp sd nl 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 1.0
Miranda, Ariel 3738 pi sp sea al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Sampson, Keyvius 3737 pi sp cin nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
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